Top 10 Things Canadian Students and Parents Should Know About U.S. University Admissions
- Final marks from Grades 9 through 12 must be submitted and are considered.
- Many, but not all, universities require the ACT or SAT.
- For a list of those that don’t require the ACT of SAT, see www.fairtest.com.
- It may cost you less to attend a private university rather than a public one.
- If you’re thinking about applying to the most selective universities, you need to start preparing in junior high school.
- There are many excellent US universities you’ve probably never heard of but should consider.
- Participate and excel in a few extra-curricular activities rather than dabble in many.
- If you have US citizenship you are eligible for state and federal financial aid. Don’t assume you make too much money to be eligible for financial aid.
- You can look at the school’s profile of admitted students on its website to see if your credentials are competitive.
- Students who want to participate in athletics in university must be careful about their course choices throughout all four years of high school.
Dr. Norman Smith has been guiding students and their parents through the admissions process in Canada and the United States for more than 25 years. After earning his doctorate at the College of William and Mary, he served as principal and university admissions advisor at four independent high schools both here and the US. Now in private practice as an educational consultant specializing in university admissions, he is a member of the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association and the National Association for College Admission Counselling.